26 Truthful Quotes by Kurt Cobain

Last updated on Feb 6th, 2018

26 Truthful Quotes by Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer, guitarist and songwriter who was known as the leader of Nirvana, the grunge (subgenre of alternative rock) band that redefined the sound of the nineties.

Cobain was born on February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. His mother, Wendy Elizabeth was a cocktail waitress and his father, Donald Leland Cobain was an auto mechanic. The divorce of his parents had much impact on his future life, after which, Cobain became defiant and withdrawn.

Cobain initially played music alone until he met Novoselic. In 1988, they formed band Nirvana. After the first album titled Bleach they released their second album Nevermind, which launch a music revolution. With Nevermind’s single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana entered the mainstream. After the third and last album Utero, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle on April 8, 1994.

Together with Novoselic and Grohl, Cobain was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Kurt Cobain has been remembered as one of the greatest musicians in the history of alternative music. Even after 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana remains popular to this day and has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.



I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.Unknown source


Dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are.Kurt Cobain by Christopher Sandford


The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.Unknown source


If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got.The Death of the Poet by N Quentin Woolf


We’re just musically and rhythmically retarded. We play so hard that we can’t tune our guitars fast enough. People can relate to that.Kurt Cobain: The Cobain Dossier by Andrew Dent


I’m a much happier guy than a lot of people think I am.As quoted in Rolling Stone (January 27, 1993)


I just hope I don’t become so blissful I become boring. I think I’ll always be neurotic enough to do something weird.As quoted in Rolling Stone (January 27, 1994)


You create attention to attract attention.As quoted in Rolling Stone (January 27, 1994)


I’ve never been more confused in my life, but at the same time I’ve never been more satisfied with what we’ve done.As quoted in Rolling Stone (January 27, 1994)


All drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.As quoted in Rolling Stone (April 16, 1992)


It’s really not hard to keep your dignity and sign to a major label… Most people don’t have any dignity in the first place.As quoted in Sounds (October 1990)


If I went to jail, at least I wouldn’t have to sign autographs.As quoted in Details (February 1992)


Zits are beauty marks.As quoted in Sassy (April 1992)


If you’re really a mean person you’re going to come back as a fly and eat poopAs quoted in Monk Magazine (October 1992)


The worst crime is faking it.SPIN (Jun 1994)


We have no right to express an opinion until we know all of the answers.Who Killed Kurt Cobain? by Ian Halperin


I like to have strong opinions with nothing to back them up with besides my primal sincerity. I like sincerity. I lack sincerity.The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization by Vishal Mangalwadi


I’m a spokesman for myself. It just so happens that there’s a bunch of people that are concerned with what I have to say. I find that frightening at times because I’m just as confused as most people. I don’t have the answers for anything.As quoted in Rolling Stone (April 16, 1992)


A friend is nothing but a known enemy.Nirvana: Bikes, Guns and Love by Kurt Frenier


If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask someone else first.Very Ape, from the album In Utero (1993)


My body is damaged from music in two ways. I have a red irritation in my stomach. It’s psychosomatic, caused by all the anger and the screaming. I have scoliosis, where the curvature of your spine is bent, and the weight of my guitar has made it worse. I’m always in pain, and that adds to the anger in our music.Kurt Cobain: The Cobain Dossier by Andrew Dent


If it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!The Best Book of Useless Information Ever by Noel Botham


We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves.Unknown source


It’s better to burn out than fade away.Cobain's suicide note


I like to complain and do nothing to make things better.As quoted in The Telegraph (November 16, 2002)


Rather be dead than cool.Stay Away, from the album Nevermind (1991)